International Politics
13 August 2009
The fog of war
UK Politics
24 April 2008
There is a popular slogan seen stencilled on American gun trucks: "We do bad things to bad people." Prince Harry had...
Books
06 December 2007
In The Gulag Archipelago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn reminded us that, for the KGB, modern psychology made the infliction...
Society
18 October 2007
Those who campaign against torture and extraordinary rendition could hardly be more in need of a filip. The political...
Politics
20 November 2006
Sana'a, Yemen. By the gates of the Old City, Muhammad Bashmilah was walking, talking, and laughing in the crowd...
Books
27 February 2006
A couple of years ago, in talking to Sir Jeremy Greenstock, then Tony Blair's envoy to Iraq, I casually referred to him...
International Politics
19 December 2005
The conversation was typical. I was chatting to a producer at a leading American TV show last summer, trying to...
Politics
03 October 2005
It was at about 3am when they came to Muhammed's home in the poor Khalija el-Arabi district of Basra and took him away...
Politics
11 April 2005
Osama Hamdan wears an ordinary business suit and hands out an ordinary business card with his e-mail address and...
Middle East
31 January 2005
My friend Mohaned, an Iraqi doctor, writes from Baghdad. "It's a horrible place these days," he says, "no public...
International Politics
01 January 2005
On a cold winter's night in Iraq, a young shopkeeper stands outside in the driving rain, his storefront illuminated by...
Global Issues
25 October 2004
The snaking convoy of soldiers and tanks passed down the main highway south towards Basra, past an old cola factory,...
Ideas
11 October 2004
A patrol of American soldiers is under attack from mortars and rocket fire. They call for help from an aircraft...
World Affairs
27 September 2004
In Iraq, nobody is safe. Simona Torretta and Simona Pari, the two Italian aid workers who were kidnapped to order in...
Politics
26 July 2004
I watched a DVD of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 (a rather poor-quality pirate copy) in a tent in southern Iraq with...

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